TOP TEN TEAMS

TOP 10 TEAMS PRE DAYTONA 500

  1. TEAM PENSKE
  2. JOE GIBBS RACING
  3. HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS
  4. STEWART HAAS RACING
  5. JTG RACING
  1. CHIP GANASSI RACING
  2. RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING
  3. FURNITURE ROW RACING
  4. ROUSH FENWAY RACING
  5. MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING

Here are the Top ten teams ranked with the latest driver lineups for the Daytona 500. Look for this list to get shaken up after the race. Thursday look for our Top 30 drivers for the Daytona 500.

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TOP 10 DRIVERS

TOP 10: RESTRICTOR PLATE TRACKS

  1. DALE EARNHARDT Jr. #88
  2. CLINT BOWYER #15
  3. GREG BIFFLE #16
  4. MATT KENSETH #20
  5. BRAD KESELOWSKI #2
  6. RYAN NEWMAN #31
  7. RICKY STENHOUSE #17
  8. DENNY HAMLIN #11
  9. AUSTIN DILLION #3
  10. CASEY MEARS #13

Top drivers 10 on Restrictor Plate tracks, Thursday look for our Top 30 rankings for Sunday’s DAYTONA 500 from Daytona Int Speedway.

DAYTONA 500 PREVIEW

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DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Feb 22nd, 1:00 PM EST, FOX TV

2.5 MILES, 31 Degrees of Banking

Big banking and big stakes make this race different than any other. Last year’s winner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., received over $1,500,000 and nearly universal recognition: not a bad payday. On Sunday 43 drivers will hit the steep 31 degree banking of the Daytona International Speedway. After three months off, many days of practice, the Sprint Unlimited race, and the Budweiser Duel races, it’s time to start the 2015 season for real. Forty-nine drivers tried very hard to make this race and six drivers will be sitting in the stands on race day. With Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon in the front, and their teammates doing well, I think you can say Chevrolet cars in general, and the Hendrick Motorsports motors in particular hold some advantage. Thirteen drivers that have won a points’ race here will be in the field. During the Sprint Unlimited race we saw a good amount of blocking and push drafting that has become a big part of restrictor place racing. Because of rule changes and the use of a restrictor plate we don’t know exactly what we’ll see, but we will get a hint Thursday during the Budweiser Duel races. We’ll be hoping we don’t see “the big one” – a major wreck that takes out most of the field. Four years ago Trevor Bayne burst on the scene and became instantly known in just his second Sprint Cup start, will we see another unknown become a known or will we finally see Jeff Gordon win his first 500 in his last start? We’ll know on Sunday!

Tuesday look for our Top 10 drivers on restrictor plate tracks in advance of the Daytona 500, Thursday we’ll rank the Top 30 drivers for the race.